- 7 years ago
Here is my situation in regards to wedding planning at the moment. My fiancé and I met after I moved to Tennessee in 2010, he is from here born and raised. I am a transplant from Louisiana, where pretty much my entire friend and family base is. There is a group of 6 of us that met in college and stayed very close. Since graduating a couple of years ago, 2 have gotten married, one is getting married in February and one is in a serious relationship and should be getting engaged any day now. So, 5 of the 6 are in full on wedding planning/ have already planned a wedding mode.
I am finding it hard to be original without taking someone else’s ideas! I have the advantage of being out of state, so locale and cultures are different. Believe it or not there is a pretty big cultural difference between TN and LA.
Here are a few ideas that I love but do not want them to seem played out since a lot of people who are attending my wedding will also have already attended 3 of my best friends weddings prior to mine:
1- Incorporating feather bouquets somehow… I am still a fan of flowers, but like the idea of having each bridesmaid carry something slightly different ( 2 wedding thus far have had all feather bouquets)
2- Dress- most of my friends are pretty fashion forward and trendy (which I try to keep up as best I can lol), but on my wedding day I want to tone it down a bit and mix it up. For example: I am wearing a veil for the ceremony but having a funky flower/birdcage veil for the reception. Also- the crinoline for my dress will match the colors of the bridesmaids dresses ( a Weddingbee inspiration!)… BUT, a couple of my friends weddings did the birdcage veils, flower hair pieces and funky jewelry, too. I know it will be different because it is mine but what I don’t want is people coming to mine ( 4th down the pipeline) and feeling like they’ve seen it all before!
3- Food- since the other 3 wedding are in/have been in Louisiana there have been normal Louisiana style dishes served, like jambalaya, red beans and rice, etoufee. However; in Tennessee those dishes are considered a treat or specialty so I am having them for our food choices, and they will be special and unique to a lot of his guests, but those same foods are staples of a lot of my friends and families diets already! One thing the bakery suggested is having a king cake at the wedding… which they can make and serve up small dishes along with the wedding cake for people to try.
4- Décor- It is of no surprise that the mason jars, shepherds hooks, peacock feathers, and lights strung in the pavilion/barn have been done before. I have already accepted the fact that the décor is inevitably going to mimic some of what they have done already. I mean, we are all friends and have different personalities… but we do all share a lot in common.. including our sense of style!
So, my question to you Bees out there is… what are some distinctly original ideas that maybe you have done, are doing, or have seen done? A quick recap of my wedding day look is: the venue is owned by the city and is a collection ( or replica really) of old buildings from the towns founding. It includes an old doctors office, school house, mill, chapel, etc. There is a large gazebo in the town square where we will be getting married. It also used to be an old train depot so there are old railway cars lining one side of it, and the reception will be held there as well because there is a great pavilion attached. So, (and I know it is trendy right now but…) the theme is very rustic, but more country rustic. We will have a lot of Louisiana elements in there as well ( think fleur de lis, Cajun food, zydeco music, king cake, cake pulls).
Any suggestions on how to separate mine from my other best friends? Anything is appreciated!